The Polish Guild of Casting Directors as a trade union was founded on June 1st, 2022.
As a Guild we aim to build unity within our casting community. The Guild is our platform for understanding, meeting and discussing issues that affect us. We are here to support each other, to take care of working conditions, ethics and culture, and in matters of dispute to represent a jointly developed position to other institutions and organisations. Our goal is to protect the personal and property rights of casting directors, taking care of widely understood professional interests, both collective and individual, tangible and intangible. The Polish Guild of Casting Directors operates on the basis of the Guild’s Statute and applicable local laws & regulations.
The casting director is the author of the cast of a film or series.
As a creator, through the presented concept of casting, he helps to establish the represented world which consists of actors and consequently, the protagonists of the movie or series.
By introducing the cast proposal, the casting director becomes a co-creator of the image of the entire environment of characters who later create the reality of the plot.
The act of selecting the right cast can affect not only the emotional state of the individual characters but also the emotions of the audience, making the casting director responsible for the credibility of the world portrayed and providing the film director with a proposed, pre-vetted selected group of actors who are capable, ready and willing to enter, through acting, the creative work according to its credibility requirements.
The casting concept may be created in accordance with the director’s or producer’s pre-presented vision of the film or character. In this case, it is referred to as co-creation. The director may also participate with the casting director in rehearsals and castings to verify casting proposals.
The casting director is not responsible for directing the film. His/ Her task is to vet & test the acting capabilities of a candidate to play a given role in a film or series. There may be several casting concepts for a given film, depending on the actor-candidate assigned to the designated role; it is up to casting directors to choose the best cast for a given idea of the work.
The director remains the author of the film. The casting director is the author of the cast. If the director himself creates the cast of the film or series, he is both: the director and the casting director.
Eo: Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. With Sandra Drzymalska, Isabelle Huppert, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz. Follows a donkey who encounters on his journeys good and bad people, experiences joy and pain, exploring a vision of modern Europe through his eyes.
Apokawixa: Directed by Xawery Zulawski. With Mikolaj Kubacki, Waleria Gorobets, Monika Mikolajczak, Mariusz Urbaniec. A group of Warsaw high school graduates, sick and tired of lockdowns and online schooling, decide to head to the seaside for a party to remember.
Subuk: Directed by Jacek Lusinski. With Malgorzata Gorol, Andrzej Seweryn, Marta Malikowska, Filip Plawiak. Inspired by real events, the story of a young mother of an autistic boy whose persistence and struggle with bureaucracy and human heartlessness have led to significant changes in the Polish education system.
When Julia finds herself at an amnesia treatment center in the aftermath of a terrible accident that killed her family, she begins to form bonds with other patients who have experienced oddly similar traumas. She meets Adam, a mysterious boy, who becomes her guide around the center. When she starts to have strange dreams and visions that feel all too real, she begins to question if this place is really what it promises to be. Julia fights to escape from the institution in an effort to discover the truth: this world is not what it seems.